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Job Number: 522500 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Africa: Nigeria
Work Type : Fixed Term Appointment
UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.
Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.
And we never give up.
How can you make a difference?
Within the limits of delegated authority, under direct supervision of the Representative, the staff member will: 1) provide planning, coordination, management and monitoring support to the Office of the Representative by following up on key corporate responsibilities; 2) support the Representative, members of the Senior Management Team (SMT) including Programme Coordination, Operations and Field Operations, and the Country Management Team in the monitoring of key programmatic and management processes and results and support the efficient and effective functioning of the Nigeria Country Office. Ensure the effective functioning of the office of the Representative; 3) efficiently manages the high volume work of the Representative’s office and other SMT members by proactively and strategically establishing priorities, monitoring and tracking priority actions and key decisions, and coordinating and guiding the work of others. Coordinates the Representative’s activities, with a view to striking the right balance among competing demands and priorities; 4) Maintain efficient and smooth liaison with the Regional Office (RO) and Headquarters (HQ) and keep them timely informed of issues under the responsibility of the Representative. Coordinate actions and liaise with the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator’s Office and other UN agencies when needed.
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
- In close consultation with section and field office chiefs, undertake and/or coordinate research and consultations to prepare substantive position papers, documentation on programmes, etc. to situate UNICEFâ€™s work in the country. Summarize and analyze information obtained and when necessary clarifies information from technical focal points.
- Support the representative in the review, oversight and support towards the implementation of UNICEF overall programmes, advocacy and outreach.
- Coordinate’s the Representative’s office in all critical aspects of work in close collaboration with the Deputy Representative and the Chief of Operations and Chief of Field Operations. Develops, introduces and maintains work flows and tools to streamline the high volume of work of the representative’s office and to enable proactive and strategic identification of priority actions. Prioritize issues for the representative including planning, coordination and quality assurance.
- Keep abreast of the main issues facing the Nigeria country office, identify internal and external issues that require the Representative’s attention, and assist in formulating options as to how those matters might be handled. Ensure appropriate follow-up as directed. Maintain records and track the status of the Representative’s action items.
- Secretariat and coordinator of the SMT and Country Office Management Team (CMT), responsible for monitoring of actions and the follow-up mechanisms. Participate in meetings with task teams and external visitors as requested by the representative. Prepare summaries, conclusions and action points on such meetings, as requested. Coordinates and /or monitors follow-up actions.
- Oversee and ensure the smooth flow of relevant information within the office of Representative and to RO and HQ through daily consultations with the Representative.
- Ensure timely preparation of substantive materials in consultation with relevant sections and field offices, including background papers, speeches and briefing notes for meetings with Governments, senior UN Agency and NGO personnel, the diplomatic corps, as well as internal, inter-agency and donor meetings and missions, participate in such travel and meetings as required, reporting on outcomes and following up on actions decided, within given deadlines. . . Request, collate and consolidate inputs for relevant reports and briefing notes. Organize and draft responses and provide editorial and substantive input as necessary in correspondence submitted for the signature of the Representative. Finalize and provide quality assurance.
- Support the development, effective and efficient implementation and monitoring of the Country Programme Management Plan and Annual Management Plan. Assist the Representative and other Senior Managers in ensuring that the office complies with the preparation and implementation of key internal management documents and exercises, such as the CPMP, AMPs, PBR, and Management Retreats.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
Education: An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: Social Sciences, International Relations, Government, Public Administration, Public Policy, Social Policy, Social Development, Community Development, or another relevant technical field. A first university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
Experience: A minimum of five years of relevant professional work experience in either programme management, planning, monitoring or evaluation is required. Developing country work experience is highly desirable.
Language requirements: Fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of one other UN working language and working language of the duty station, an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
View our competency framework at
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Opening Date Thu May 23 2019 13:00:00 GMT+0100 (WAT) W. Central Africa Standard Time
Closing Date Thu Jun 06 2019 23:55:00 GMT+0100 (WAT)